EuroSail News #4360 - 17 June
In This Issue
• Figaro Leg Three Start
• Team and Sons Score a Family Win at 165th Annual Regatta
• Unforgettable Weekend For The Melges IC37 Class
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Leaders Approach Half-Way in Marion - Bermuda Race
• Baltic 130 Custom superyacht My Song "beyond repair"
• Star World Championship
• Protis dominates Quarter Ton Cup to take well deserved win
• Melges 20 World League Scarlino
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Figaro Leg Three Start
French 2012 Olympian Pierre Leboucher, who lies second overall, stole the limelight from local heroes Armel Le Cleach and Jeremie Beyou as the third stage of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro started on their home waters, the Bay of Morlaix in northern Brittany today, Sunday 16 June.
Leboucher, 28, who is racing his third La Solitaire, started smartly and established an early lead on the 10 mile showcase circuit before the 46-strong fleet left the famous rocky, tidal Finistère bay behind. It is on these waters which the current Vendee Globe champion Le Cleach, three times La Solitaire winner Beyou and past Figaro winner Nico Lunven all grew up as close friends and sparring partners.
The opening, preliminary circuit of what promises to be a challenging, light winds 450-mile third stage from Roscoff to Roscoff, proved to be a perfect spectacle for the huge crowds which turned out on one of the most exciting days of the multi-stage annual race's ten day stop which incorporates two starts and two finishes.
The overall race leader Richomme sounded confident as he left the dock this morning. "It does not look that bad going up to Alderney which we should get to tomorrow morning. I could be wrong, there could be a light patch on the bay going over there before Granville, but we might be OK and go through easily. Tomorrow morning we will be going straight into the tide going west towards Plymouth. That might be quite tricky. There might be the option to go north of the TSS. I probably won't do that except under extreme circumstances. The tricky part is the transition going south across the high pressure ridge. I think the first ones to pop out there will have the advantage, how big I am not sure."
Top five overall going into leg three:
Last update: 17/06/2019 04:58:00
1. Gildas Mahe / Breizh Cola / Equithe
2.Alexis Loison / Region Normandie
3. Michel Desjoyeaux / Lumibird
4. Adrien Hardy / Sans Nature, Pas De Futur !
5. Pierre Leboucher / Guyot Environnement
Team and Sons Score a Family Win at 165th Annual Regatta
Newport, RI, USA: With the exception of maybe a little more sun and a little less rain, Robin Team has a hard time imagining a better Father's Day. The J/122 skipper from Lexington, N.C., spent Sunday sailing with his two sons in testing conditions and putting the finishing touches on a near flawless weekend of racing at the 165th edition of the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta including the Swan American Regatta.
"What better way to way to spend Father's Day than racing offshore with your two sons and getting the opportunity to walk across the stage at the New York Yacht Club," says Team. He didn't add winning, but maybe he didn't have to. That was merely the cherry on top.
The Teamwork crew, which also includes Team's brother, started the long weekend with a convincing win in IRC 4 in Friday's Around-the-Island Race, and carried that winning feeling into two days of buoy racing in big breeze and cresting waves on Rhode Island Sound. Teamwork won three races yesterday and the first race today. With the overall title all but in the bag, Team and his crew were a little cautious in the final race in order to preserve their assets for Block Island Race Week, which starts a week from Monday.
"We were in a J3 [jib] all day long and we ended up running three different spinnakers based on the conditions," says Team. "We just changed gears based on the wind intensity. All of that made it really, really fun. Toward the end of the regatta we got a little bit conservative because we did have a lead and we didn't want to break anything. So we ran a [smaller high-wind spinnaker] on one leg and ran a [reaching spinnaker] on the final leg to the finish."
A fourth in that final race was the lone blemish on an otherwise perfect scorecard.
This year's edition of the Annual Regatta featured a strong fleet of classics, some of which were around for the 65th edition of the event in first half of the 20th century. But they all braved the challenging conditions like much-younger boats. Wendy Schmidt's 55-foot Santana, a beautifully restored Sparkman & Stephens design, dominated the Classics 1 division with five wins in five races.
The 165th edition of North America's oldest sailing competition was also the 15th edition of the Swan American Regatta, which was previously last run in 2007. Brendan Brownyard's Swan 42 Barleycorn won both of the races in the 12-boat fleet, which ranged from 39 to 60 feet. Heidi Herlihy and Todd Barbera's Swan 56 Tramontana placed second, with The Cat Came Back, a Swan 42 skippered by Lincoln Mossop, in third. For the Nautor's Swan boatyard, which is one of the sport's most enduring brands, it was a triumphant return to Newport.
Unforgettable Weekend For The Melges IC37 Class
The Melges IC37 Class experience was showcased in full at the New York Yacht Club 165th Annual Regatta throughout all three days of nearly perfect conditions, great competition, and unrivaled camaraderie for the Melges IC37 fleet.
17 Melges IC37 teams completed the Around-the-Island Race and weekend series races in a variety of conditions, providing sailors the optimal platform to put their preparation, skills, and teamwork to the test - a fun challenge that was welcomed by this new fleet.
Ultimately the Members Only Syndicate led by Jay Cross, Hannah Swett, and Ben Kinney staked their claim on the New York Yacht Club 165th Annual Regatta title, narrowly beating Double Jointed who dominated most of the weekend series.
Team Double Jointed finished the regatta strong, winning the day with an impressive 4 - 2 - 2 scoreline. Co-Skipper Ray Wulff noted the key to their consistency and success is their crew.
Final top ten:
1. Cross/Kinney/ Swett, USA, 14.0
2. Andy Fisher / Ray Wulff, USA, 16.0
3. Christopher Culver, USA, 23.0
4. Phil Lotz, USA, 27.0
5. James Wilson, USA, 28.0
6. John Brim, USA, 31.0
7. Chris Lewis, GBR, 32.0
8. Ken Colburn, USA, 36.0
9. Peter Cummiskey, USA, 36.0
10. Thomas Stark Ben Wagner, USA, 37.0
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Leaders Approach Half-Way in Marion - Bermuda Race
The 2019 Marion Bermuda Race is shaping up to be a close line honors and handicap race for overall prizes. But with 300 or more miles to go and the Happy Valley/Parking Lot between the fleet and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club's finish line off St. David's Lighthouse in Bermuda, a lot can happen. The leaders are closing in on the halfway point in the 645-mile race.
The leaders of all four Founders Division classes are sailing only by the stars and the 'Strawberry' full moon. The Marion Bermuda Race is the only US based offshore race that encourages celestial navigation. Boats that elect to use celestial only get a 3% credit on their adjusted elapsed time for the race.
Kiwi Spirit, the Riley Family's Farr 63, is the scratch (fastest) boat in the fleet and still leads all boats for line honors. Sunday morning, she was 300 miles from Bermuda sailing on starboard tack at 8.6 kts steering a course of 139º. Winds were fresh from the southwest at around 15 kts.
Sunday's estimated leader in Class B was Gallant, a Pearson Composite Navy 44 skippered by Christian Hoffman. The US Naval Academy boat looked very smart coming off the line in Marion Friday. She's always highly competitive in offshore conditions.
Of the class leaders, Elena, Steve Gordon's Alden 50 from Stamford CT, was the farthest boat to the west. She was 334 miles from the finish steering 152º. Elena won Block Island 2019 and is the leader here in Class C.
Class D has harbored the winning boat for the past two Marion Bermuda Race. Cordelia the leader of that class on Sunday morning with 384 miles left to Bermuda. She was making 7.1 kts steering 148º. Cordelia is skippered by Roy Greenwald of Marion.
The classic schooner Tabor Boy from Tabor Academy continues as the sole competitor in the Classic Division. Spirit of Bermuda, the other classic entry, sailed outside of the starting line pin, failing to start correctly… actually not crossing the starting line at all. Spirit is sailing home to Bermuda, but the Bermuda sloop has been listed as a DNS (Did Not Start). -- Talbot Wilson
Baltic 130 Custom superyacht My Song "beyond repair"
The Baltic 130 Custom sailing yacht My Song is "not salvable", according to its owner.
The yacht, which was lost at sea after falling from a cargo ship, was hauled out in Palma earlier this month. Photographs taken by onlookers showed extensive damage to the yacht, with several holes in the hull of the boat.
Now, owner Pier Luigi Loro Piana has confirmed himself that the yacht is beyond repair.
His spokesman told The Times newspaper: "The damage outside and to the interiors of the yacht mean it is not savable. It may have hit the side of the cargo ship as it fell."
Pier Luigi Loro Piana also spoke out about the incident directly to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, stating: "For anyone who loves the sea, his boat is like a second home, and it is as if my home has burnt down."
It comes after the 39.6 metre yacht was salvaged from the coast of Menorca by MCS Marine Claim Services Germany. It was then towed into Palma's STP shipyard where it was accessed.
Star World Championship
Porto Cervo, Italy: At the conclusion of a week of inspections and registrations, racing in the 97th edition of the Star World Championship will begin on Monday 17 June. The event was last held in Porto Cervo exactly thirty years ago. Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association (ISCRYA), the regatta is supported by Main Partner Audi and Technical Partners Quantum Sails and Garmin Marine.
Taking centre stage will be a fleet of 65 teams hailing from 20 nations, including healthy contingents from Italy, the USA, Switzerland and Germany. The double-handed crews will compete in fleet regattas on the race course off Porto Cervo aboard the timeless keelboats designed in 1911 by Francis Sweisguth, a popular Olympic class up until London 2012. In order for the World Championship to be valid at least six races will need to be complete, with a single round the buoys race scheduled each day, covering a total distance of approximately 10 nautical miles. Should weather conditions prevent the smooth running of all races, a maximum of two races can be held per day to recover any cancelled racing, and competition can also be extended to 24 and 25 June.
Eight of the participating teams are former Star World Championship winners. They include two Italian crews: Roberto Benamati, winner with Marco Salani in 1991 and competing in Porto Cervo with Alberto Ambrosini, and Enrico Chieffi, World Champion in 1996 with Roberto Sinibaldi, sailing here with Manlio Corsi: a duo that has just clinched the Italian title. The American four past champions are, Paul Cayard, who won in Buenos Aires in 1988, Eric Doyle, winner of the title in Punta Ala in the late 90s, who comes to Porto Cervo as the holder of the prestigious Bacardi Cup along with his bowman Payson Infelise, George Szabo, winner in Sweden in 2009 and Augie Diaz, who won in his home waters, Miami, in 2016. Then we'll see the golden star on the main of Polish Finn Olympic Champion Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Norwegian Eivind Melleby, who claimed the 2017 World title in Denmark with Josh Revkin (USA). -- Rachele Vitello
Protis dominates Quarter Ton Cup to take well deserved win
A full quota of nine races were sailed over the course of the three-day event, and Southworth's team, which includes Led Pritchard, Lincoln Redding, John Santy and Mike Stannard, only finished outside the top three once. The icing on the cake was picking up the Coutts Trophy as the boat which won the most races, thanks to their four conquests throughout the event.
The battle for second place was fierce, with Sam Laidlaw's BLT starting the day with a slim 2.5-point advantage over Louise Morton's Bullet. An OCS in the days opening race for Laidlaw was followed by an OCS for Morton in the next race, with the pressure clearly showing. Two fifth place finishes today for Morton to Laidlaw's 13th and 10th was more than enough for the two-times winner of the Quarter Ton Cup to take second place, and Morton's crew which includes Nicky and Lucy Macgregor, Suzy Russell, Bethan Carden and Dave Lenz, ended up with a comfortable 10.5-point advantage over Laidlaw.
The battle for fourth and fifth was equally as intense between Tony Hayward's Blackfun and Olivia's Dowling and her crew on Catch. The duo had a race win a-piece today and in the end it was Hayward who clinched it, seven points clear of Dowling.
In the Corinthian division for all amateur crews, it was Robert Stewart's Hellaby who lifted the trophy, and impressively the team, which includes Jamie Blair, Nick Young, Barry Shotton and Simon Smith, finished 12th overall.
Second place in the Corinthian Division went to George Webb's Flashheart who also picked up the Kemp Trophy as the team who most embody the spirit of the event, as Jim and George Webb have raced in all but one of the revived Quarter Ton Cups. Jim Prower's Theseus were third. -- Nicola Dawson
Quarter Ton Cup 2019 Final Results - top ten
1. Protis, Ian Southworth, 13.5 points
2. Bullet, Louise Morton, 31
3. BLT, Sam Laidlaw, 41.5
4. Blackfun, Tony Hayward, 45
5. Catch, Olivia Dowling, 52
6. Bullit, Julian Metherell, 59
7. Alice II, Richard Melander, 62
8. Innuendo, Peter Morton, 62
9. Per Elisa, Niall Dowling, 67
10. Tiger, Tom Daniel, 67.5
Melges 20 World League Scarlino
Marina di Scarlino (Grosseto), Italy: The third European event of the Melges 20 World League 2019 comes to an end with the success of Russian Bogatyrs by Igor Rytov on the race course of Club Nautico Scarlino.
The victory for the Russian team, second out of three events completed so far in Europe (after the success in Villasimius) is the result of an absolutely dominant performance that has won the resistance of the opponents since the very beginning; Russian Bogatyrs had set the pace already on the Garmin Day, warm up day with three races sailed last Friday.
When it came to racing for the overall ranking, valid also for the Melges World League standings, Russian Bogatyrs responded with three first places in the three races held yesterday during the Quantum Sails Day.
Today Russian Bogatyrs only had to control the possible reactions of the opponents. Today's North Sails Day was therefore decisive to define the remaining steps of the podium, to sign the bullets of the day and to give the name to the "boat of the day".
The three races of today were won by three different teams in which there is a lot of Italy. Brontolo Racing by Filippo Pacinotti (with Manuel Weiller on tactics) wins race number 4, Franco Loro Piana's Sease (assisted by Matteo Ivaldi) the fifth regatta, while the last bullet in the series at Marina di Scarlino bears the mark of the reigning World Champion, Stig by Alessandro Rombelli (the tactician was the American Victor Diaz de Leon).
Sease is therefore the best on the special North Sails Day ranking.
The final podium of this act sees, behind Russian Bogatyrs (pt. 14) an extraordinary Siderval (pt. 20) of Marco Giannini, Corinthian team that gets with this second step of the podium his best career result in a Melges 20 event. Third place for Stig of Alessandro Rombelli (pt. 27). The top five is completed by Pierluigi Giannattasio's Argentinian Boogie (pt. 30) and Vladimir Prosikhin's Russian Nika (pt. 33).
With the success in the Tuscan event, Russian Bogatyrs consolidates its leadership in the world ranking. The Melges 20 fleet is now heading to the Riva del Garda, where will race from 14 to 17 July for the fourth event of the European series.
Final top ten:
1. Russian Bogatyrs , Igor Rytov, RUS, 14.0
2. Siderval (Corinthian) , Marco Giannini, ITA, 20.0
3. Stig , Alessandro Rombelli, ITA, 27.0
4. Boogie , Pierluigi Giannattasio, ARG, 30.0
5. Nika , Vladimir Prosikhin, RUS, 33.0
6. Gone Squatching, Pietro Loro Piana, ITA, 35.0
7. Sease, Franco Loro Piana, ITA, 39.0
8. Kindako, Stefano Visintin, ITA, 40.0
9. Brontolo Racing, Filippo Pacinotti, ITA, 43.0
10. Mascalzone Latino Jr, Achille Onorato, MON, 45.0
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